|There will be a Back-to-School Bash at Stevenson Elementary School on July 29 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for preschool through 5th grade students. Parents and students will enter the school through the front entrance and proceed toward the cafeteria. Teacher rosters will be available, and students will be given an opportunity to visit their classrooms. Parents will be asked to complete a short survey in the computer lab and fill out the usual back-to-school paperwork. All parents will be asked to complete a Household and Income Form, which will be used in the administration of the Community Eligibility Provision through which all students in the Russellville Independent School District will receive free meals this year.
Stevenson’s principal, Lisa White, is excited about the changes that have taken place inside the school over the summer. Several animal exhibits have been added, including an aviary in the lobby and a rabbit cage in the courtyard. Mrs. White expressed gratitude to the donors who made the exhibits possible, including AgriPower, Griffin Industries, 84 Lumber, and the SES-PTO. Students will also notice that the restrooms have been given a fresh look. Mrs. White explained, “At the end of last year, the students voted on possible themes for the bathrooms. Over the summer, art teacher Jennie Blake and others painted the bathrooms to carry out the winning themes. Teachers donated artwork to add the finishing touches.” Students will also be treated to Italian ice and an inflatable obstacle course and slide during the bash.
The first day of school for kindergarten through 12th grade students is August 6. Breakfast will be served that day at both the elementary and junior/senior high school. Every student will receive a free breakfast and a free lunch for this school year. A la carte items and extras are not included in the free meals program, and students will need to bring money if they wish to purchase those items.
Preschool begins on August 25. Parents of preschoolers can sign up for home visits during the Back-to-School Bash at Stevenson. The visits will need to be made before the first day of preschool, if possible.